TERROR VIOLENCE IN THE VALLEY ASSUMES NEW NARRATIVE RINGING ALARM BELLS
While investigations by the NIA are in progress, a stark feature emerging out of it is that terrorist violence in the Kashmir Valley has taken a more vicious form. The narrative of terrorist violence seems to be changing. Because, it is for the first time that a local youth chose to don the role of fidayeen to execute as a suicide bomber. Officials confirm that so far, in almost all such cases the executors have been from across the border. Does it mean that the local youth is now motivated enough to take the baton on from across the border mentors ? Officials say that the more serious dimension of the incident has been explosive-laden vehicle hitting the target, something that has been happening, so far, in other countries. One does not know whether it would become a trend or remain an isolated incident, but it has made the top security officials pull up their socks.
The fact that 75-100 kg of explosives, believed to be RDX, could be smuggled from Pakistan has also baffled the investigating officials. There is, for sure, a cross-border link to the explosives used in the attack. That too at a time when the Indo-Pak border in J&K is adequately sealed to prevent any infiltration or smuggling. Again, it is for the first time that such a huge quantity of explosives is used in one incident of terror attack causing, perhaps, the largest casualty in one go. Investigations, so far, have confirmed that the vehicle used in the blast was a Maruti Suzuki Eeco van and not an SUV. “There are initial leads that suggest that the RDX used in the blast came from across the border in Kathua district. We are working on the leads,” officials said. The J&K Police have taken into custody over a dozen suspects who might have been part of the horrendous terror attack. A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team, along with forensic experts, collected materials at the blast site for evaluation for the second consecutive day.
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